CONTESTS & OFF SITE Programs
Third Annual Children’s Museum Competitive Science Fair
January 18th 5-8p.m.
Students in grades 4-8 will be showcasing their scientific findings, competing for cash prizes. The Fair features projects from all scientific disciplines from magnetism to food science. Awards announced at 7:30. Free and open to the public.
ROBOT CONFLICT at Motorama
The Infectious Intelligence STEM Club will be competing in the ROBOT CONFLICT at Motorama February 16. The club will be bringing the combat robots they designed and built to the tournament in hopes of outlasting their opponents! For a fun-filled day, come out to ROBOT CONFLICT at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg and watch the team compete!
2nd Annual Juried High School Art Show Mar. 2nd 6-8pm
Talented young adult artists of all ages will be showcased in this exclusive juried art exhibition. Photography, drawing, painting and collage are all part of the fun. Live music and light refreshments served. Prizes awarded to top-scoring artists. Free with regular admission.
Pre-show Activities Mr. Popper’s Penguins
February 22nd 6-7p.m. Free hands-on children’s activities. Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.
Renaissance Jamboree, Bloomsburg
Saturday April 28th 10a.m. – 5p.m.
Visit The Children’s Museum booth on Main St. for free hands-on activities for kids of all ages.
Sat. January 27th 10am-noon Join Folk’s Farm at the museum in experiencing a live butterfly enclosure. Learn all about the life cycle of these winged beauties with hands-on activities.
Families with Special Needs Night
Friday, January 26th 6-8p.m.
During this unique program, the museum is open just for families with special needs. Extra staff will be on hand to help you and your family get the most out of the museum’s exhibits and activities. Admission is FREE for families with special needs members. All ages welcome.
GROSSOLOGY LAB: The Science of Flowers
February 24th Session A 10-11a.m. Session B 11a.m.-noon.
Join the Bloomsburg University Biology Club for an in depth hour of hands-on science. Students will explore plant anatomy along with some make-and-take flower activities. Free with regular admission.
“Sit Next to Me” Film Festival with Box of Light
Saturday, Feb. 17th 3p.m.
Wouldn’t it be nice to hear a positive, interesting, heartfelt, sad, weird, and even funny sharing about what separates us and what brings us together? This film festival presented by Box of Light and WVIA public media will screen winning films from student, teen, and adult categories. Discount admission $5/person. All ages welcome.
Bloomsburg Children’s Museum LEGO Expo
March 16th, 5-7p.m.
Join the Central Columbia Junior Jay Bots and area FIRST Lego League Jr clubs for a LEGO expo! This year’s LEGO challenge is Aqua Adventure. Kids will showcase their team projects they have been working on that involve water quality, water sources and keeping our water clean. We will also have some LEGO activities, other area LEGO clubs and door prizes. Discounted admission is $2/person.
HAK-4-KIDZ at BloomCON
March 24th, 10a.m.-4p.m.
Bloomsburg University is hosting their third annual BloomCON cyber security conference. To get kids in on the fun, The Children’s Museum organized the Hak4Kidz event to coincide with the adult conference. Children ages 7 to 17 are invited to attend kid-friendly presentations and activities on info security, electronics, programming and all kinds of hacks. Registration required, contact museum. Free to register, but spaces are limited. Parent must attend with child.
3rd Annual Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire
Saturday April 21st 10a.m. – 4p.m.
The Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire is a Children’s Museum-organized event that is part of the global Maker Faire network created by MAKE Magazine. According to MAKE, “Maker Faire is the greatest show (and tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.” The event brings together amateur and professional inventors, artists, crafters, engineers and performers in a combination of large spectacles and communal interactive experiences. Admission is free, sponsored by Merck.
Culture Cafe: Global Meets Local
Japanese Culture: February 2nd
Nepalese Culture: March 2nd
Join us for an evening of storytelling, song, tastings, and crafts from cultures around the world. On First Friday 6-7p.m. Check Facebook for details. Included with regular admission.
Meet the Masters: An Art Workshop Series
It’s never too early to introduce art through exploring “the masters” like Monet, O’Keefe, and Picasso. Try the masters’ styles with a hands-on family art project. RSVP by contacting the museum. Recommended for ages 5+. Free with regular admission.
Edvard Munch: Make Art That’s a Scream Sat. Feb. 3rd 11a.m.-noon
Cave Paintings: Go Tribal With Your Creation Sat. Mar. 17th 11a.m.-noon
Paul Klee: Painting Watercolor Castles Sat. April 7th 11a.m.-noon
Third Tuesday of the month, $2 admission all day! The Exchange will host hands-on Art Cart projects 10-2pm.
HOMESCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION *NEW*
Tuesdays 1p.m. Bi-weekly.
Have fun and stay healthy this winter! Certified PE instructor, Katie Rude, leads students in games and activities that focus on moderate to vigorous physical activity. Students of all ages are welcome in this class. Parents are required to stay with children under 5. Classes are $8/child per session or purchase a punch card for ten sessions for $60. Call to register, walk-ins welcome on first come first served basis. Jan. 2, Jan. 16, Jan. 30th, Feb. 13, and Feb. 27th are upcoming session dates.
Every other Wednesday 11-1p.m. during the school year beginning Jan. 17th-Apr. 25th. Parent/child activities designed to complement concepts taught in homeschool curriculum, grades K-12. Discounted admission for homeschool families ($5/person).
Spring topics include:
January 17th Shock it to me! Learn about electricity and circuits. Make some light up take home crafts too!
January 31st Wonderful Water! Join our special guests Bob Manbeck from Suez and Heather Almer from the Columbia County Conservation District to learn about water quality, where our water comes from, how our water sources are polluted and what we can do about it!
February 14th The Science of LOVE! Learn about our hearts, circulatory system and blood in this Hangout! There will be tons of fun Valentine themed experiments too!
February 28th It’s in the stars! In this hangout we will take an in depth look at astronomy! Learn about the planets, stars and space travel.
March 14th Kitchen Chemistry – it’s not just cooking, it’s SCIENCE! This Hangout will have tons of experiments around food and the chemical changes that occur when we cook.
March 28th LEGO mania – how many experiments can we do with LEGOs? Let’s find out!
April 11th Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Learn about reducing our carbon footprint, pollution in our world and ways we can combat it.
April 25th It’s Music to My Ears! Learn about musical instruments, have a sing along and create your own instrument using recycled materials. Lots of experiments involving sound.